Dismal Voting Record, Support for Restrictive Abortion Laws, Anti-LGBTQ+ Rhetoric, Opposition to Marriage Equality and Opposition to Nondiscrimination Protections All Show a Politician Out of Touch With His Constituents
Tallahassee, FLORIDA — As Florida voters head to the polls, Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) is calling attention to the anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-choice record of incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio, who is up for reelection. Sen. Rubio received a score of 0 out of 100 on HRC’s recently released Congressional Scorecard for the 117th Congress, which scored members of Congress based on a range of key indicators of support — including votes in the Senate to confirm historic, pro-LGBTQ+ Biden-Harris cabinet officials and judicial nominees, as well as co-sponsorships on pieces of legislation that significantly impact LGBTQ+ people and their families.
“Sen. Marco Rubio is one of the most anti-LGBTQ+ politicians in America and a threat to every LGBTQ+ person in Florida. He has a dismal voting record, supports restrictive abortions laws, and opposes marriage equality and nondiscrimination protections. And, on more than one occasion, Rubio has used anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric that makes clear he does not care about LGBTQ+ people and our families,” said Human Rights Campaign National Campaign Director Geoff Wetrosky. “He has failed for more than a decade to protect the LGBTQ+ community, and his score of 0 out of 100 on our Congressional Scorecard is one more data point that demonstrates it. He is out of touch with his constituents and is the wrong person to represent this state.”
Rubio is currently running advertisements across Florida with anti-trans rhetoric. In recent months, Rubio faced widespread criticism after he called the Respect for Marriage Act a “stupid waste of time,” indicating that he’d vote against the legislation, which would protect marriage equality for millions of LGBTQ+ and multiracial families.
This latest deplorable action caps a long, regressive track record for the senator, including supporting abortion restrictions (including efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade), supporting Florida’s discriminatory “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” law, opposing nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people, and spouting hateful rhetoric about LGBTQ+ families.
The other members of Florida’s Congressional delegation earned the following scores:
Sen. Rick Scott (R): 0
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R): 0
Rep. Neal Dunn (R): 0
Rep. Kat Cammack (R): 6
Rep. John Rutherford (R): 0
Rep. Al Lawson (D): 96
Rep. Michael Waltz (R): 6
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D): 94
Rep. Bill Posey (R): 0
Rep. Darren Soto (D): 98
Rep. Val Demings (D): 100
Rep. Daniel Webster (R): 0
Rep. Gus Bilrakis (R): 0
Rep. Kathy Castor (D): 94
Rep. C. Scott Franklin (R): 0
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R): 6
Rep. Greg Steube (R): 0
Rep. Brian Mast (R): 6
Rep. Byron Donalds (R): 0
Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D): N/A
Rep. Lois Frankel (D): 100
Rep. Debbie Wassterman Schultz (D): 100
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D): 100
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R): 24
Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R): 30
Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R): 40
Marco Rubio is A Candidate Out of Step With Florida
Polling released in September by HRC showed that about two-thirds (64%) of likely voters in 2022 battleground states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – support a law “protecting the national right to same-sex marriage.”
Similarly, in a poll released earlier this year by PRRI, 80% of Florida respondents supported LGBT non-discrimination protections, 66% opposed religiously based service refusals, and 68% supported marriage equality.
When it comes to abortion, a New York Times analysis of various polls over the past decade showed that 56% of Florida residents favor abortion access.
HRC’s Commitment to Florida
Equality Voters, including the more than 4.2 million in Florida, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse, and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than candidates or political parties.
Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC staff on the ground recruited 5,800 individual volunteers nationwide who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in more than 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in robust digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent. HRC sent over 2.5 million mail pieces, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters, and engaged more than 200,000 voters through HRC’s voter dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
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